I’m doing something new this week and interviewing one of WisRWA’s young, published authors. I’ve read all four of Stacey Netzel’s published works and love each of them in a different way. What also impresses me about her writing is the growth I see with each work. Her stories are delightful and uplifting, and many of us have times in our lives when we need a helping tablespoon of both. At least I know I do.
Stacey’s recently released book, Chasin’ Mason, drew me in for many reasons. One being its focus on a horse. A beautiful horse. A special breed.
I inherited my love for horses from my grandfather, and on my office wall I have a photograph of his three favorite horses. His sister snapped the photo with a Kodak camera in the 1920’s. She took it from the back porch of the farmhouse. Unlike Stacey’s horse, these horses were not a special breed, but they were my grandpa’s. He loved them like Stacey’s characters love the beautiful horse in her story.
Here’s more about Chasin’ Mason. And then Stacey will answer my questions in our interview.
Chasin’ Mason, by Stacey Joy Netzel
Contemporary Western 188pgs
e-book: March 18th Print: May 1st
When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly.
Reggie Reed lives with her guilt every day but can’t quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father’s funeral eleven years later–and a hell of a man to be reckoned with–he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they’ve inherited half shares of the family ranch—but only if they work together to catch Mason’s Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for.
Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they’re out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.
Can they work together to keep the ranch, or will their past get in the way of their future?
Casey: Stacey, how excited you are with this upcoming release and why?
Stacey: Not to take anything away from the debut of Welcome to Redemption that I shared with my good friend Donna Marie Rogers (I got tears in my eyes when I first held the book in my hands), but I’m VERY excited for Chasin’ Mason because it’s my first solo full length release that will also be out in print. Plus it has horses in it, and I love a book with horses. I was so pumped for the release, I had 5000 bookmarks printed! But half of them were off center, so the company sent me another 5000. LOL Readers, please check out my contest at the end of the post to see how you can help me distribute some of those 7500 bookmarks and win something in the process. *grin*
Casey: How did you choose this subject and these characters?
Stacey: About two months before November 2007, just before Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), my local country music station was talking about a band in Milwaukee called Chasin’ Mason. I’d heard their name before, but it dawned on me that that’d be a great name for a book. So I had to figure out who Mason was, and who was chasin’ him. Mason ended up being the stallion on the book cover, and then I had a ‘vision’ of my heroine and hero meeting again at a funeral, which became the opening for the book. I wrote 95% of Chasin’ Mason that November, polished it up, and submitted to The Wild Rose Press January of 2008.
Casey: How do you juggle writing, working, parenting, spousing, etc., when you’re in serious writing mode?
Stacey: I am not good at juggling, ask my family. When I want to be writing and life has me too busy to do that, I get really crabby. In fact, this spring I’m taking a break from writing anything new because I am filling in at my day job full time and if I try to come home to write, that leaves no time for my family. So I’m working on figuring out a balance for everyone. J When in serious writing mode, in the middle of a new WIP, everyone knows mom’s working, and they need to be patient with me (though I’m not always patient with them). I am lucky that my husband is very supportive (until I want to spend too much money on promotion items).
Casey: What’s your philosophy about writing and what advice do you have for us?
Stacey: I have cliché advice, but it’s so true: NEVER give up! Do what makes you happy. Whether you’re pursuing publication or not, if writing those words on paper (or typing them into your computer) makes you happy, don’t ever stop. You may get published next week, month, year…or you may never show those stories to anyone, but if you enjoy it, then just do it! It’s YOUR dream, no one else’s.
The last thing I’d like to tell everyone about is a contest I’m running to spread the word about Chasin’ Mason’s release. Visit my website for details on how YOU could win one of 16 prizes in just ONE contest!
Casey, thank you so much for having me here to visit with you today. I absolutely can’t wait for the release of Black Ribbon Affair. Here’s to a happy, WARM Spring for everyone!
Casey: Thanks, Stacey. I’ve enjoyed having you here today. And folks, if you want to comment or ask Stacey a questions, she’ll be monitoring this blog today and tomorrow. J